This was a fantastic installation to the Out of Uniform series. A family tragedy brings Navy SEAL Mark Whitley home to deal with his sister's three young children. When he arrives he finds his brother in law's cousin, Isaiah, is already there and taking care of the kids. Some confusion over the will ensues and the two men decide to try to work together to meet the children's needs.
The two men have a past history. Isaiah made a pass at Mark six years prior and Mark has it in his head that Isaiah is a party boy who is going to ditch his share of the responsibilities as soon as he can. Nothing could be farther than the truth though, and Mark quickly realizes that out of the two of them, Isaiah is the one holding their little family together.
The story is a classic hurt/comfort theme which is always a favorite of mine. The two men have to deal with their own grief and anger over the loss of their sibling/cousin as well as deal with the pressure of having three children under school age.
Mark also has questions about his sexuality and he has different expectations than Isaiah does at first. This was the first time I've read a book with a demi-sexual MC and I thought the author did a great job with this characters. The way everything unfolded felt very organic and realistic. These two were really sweet together and the story was actually very romantic.
This is the fifth book in this series but it can easily be read as a standalone. There are some cameos by characters from previous books but this plot is totally fine on it's own.This is one of my favorite books of this series and I highly recommend this.
In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.
Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.
As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.
This book is approximately 80,000 words